Zhang Ze

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhang.
Zhang Ze
Ze Zhang 5, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  China
Residence Nanjing, China
Born (1990-07-04) July 4, 1990 (age 26)
Nanjing, China
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2005
Plays right-handed
Coach(es) Pablo Martin
Prize money $696,697
Singles
Career record 16–33 (ATP World Tour, Grand Slam main draw and Davis Cup matches)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 148 (27 May 2013)
Current ranking No. 157 (20 February 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2014, 2015)
French Open Q2 (2012)
Wimbledon Q2 (2012, 2014, 2015)
US Open Q3 (2014)
Doubles
Career record 5–15
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 114 (13 February 2017)
Current ranking No. 117 (20 February 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2015)
Last updated on: 25 February 2017.

Zhang Ze (Chinese: 张择; born July 4, 1990), is a Chinese male tennis player. Currently No. 157 in the world, he is China's highest-ranked male singles player.

Zhang's career highlights include reaching the quarterfinals of the 2012 China Open (defeating Richard Gasquet en route), playing the Australian Open main draw on two consecutive occasions (2014 and 2015), and teaming up with Roger Federer to play doubles at the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Career[edit]

Zhang's early years were spent on the ITF Circuit throughout Asia. In February 2008, Zhang made his first appearance in the qualifying draw of an ATP Challenger tournament in Melbourne, defeating Mikal Statham (5–7, 7–5, 6–4). In the second round, Zhang lost to Nima Roshan (6–7(6), 1–6).[1]

On 28 March 2010, Zhang won the first single's title of his professional career in an ITF Futures event in Mengzi City, China. He defeated Riccardo Ghedin (6–1, 6–4).[2] Just under two months later, on 22 May, Zhang reached his first final on the Challenger Tour in Fergana, Uzbekistan, after entering as a qualifier. He lost to Evgeny Kirillov (6–3, 2–6, 6–2).[3]

In 2010, Zhang became, for the first time in his career, Chinese champion in both singles and doubles of the QuanYunHui. He was selected to play for China’s Davis Cup team.

On 22 May 2011, exactly a year to the day of his first final on the Challenger Tour, Zhang won his second ITF single's title by defeating Lee Hsin-han (6–1, 6–0) in Guiyang, China.

He played the qualifying rounds at the 2012 Wimbledon, and the 2012 US Open, where he made it to the second round but lost.

In the 2012 China Open, Zhang defeated world No.14 Richard Gasquet 6–4, 3–6, 6–4 in the second round, before he lost to Florian Mayer on the following day.[4]

In October 2013, Zhang teamed up with Roger Federer at the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters. They beat Kevin Anderson and Dmitry Tursunov, 6–2, 6–1. However, the pair were defeated in the second round.

In January 2014, Zhang qualified in men's singles for the 2014 Australian Open, his first grand slam tournament. In the first round he lost to world No. 33 and 31-seed Fernando Verdasco in four sets: 7–5, 3–6, 2–6, 3–6.

In January 2015, 187-ranked Zhang earned one of eight wildcards to the 2015 Australian Open men's singles main draw. Zhang was the highest-ranked men's singles player from China at the time and was the only China representative in men's singles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles (male). In singles he lost in the first round to unseeded Australian two-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt, ranked 87 in the world at the time, in four sets: 3–6, 6–1, 0–6, 4–6. In men's doubles, Zhang and partner Lee Hsin-han of Taiwan were given a wildcard to the main draw and faced number 2 seeds Julien Benneteau and Édouard Roger-Vasselin of France in the first round and lost in straight sets 1–6, 4–6. In mixed doubles, Zhang and partner Chang Kai-Chen of Taiwan were given a wildcard to the main draw and they advanced to the second round.

In October 2015, Zhang was one of three players to receive a wildcard into the main draw of the China Open. After upsetting Denis Istomin in the first round (6–3, 1–6, 6–3), Zhang was defeated by world No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic (6–2, 6–1), who went on to win the tournament for the sixth time. Despite a comfortable win for Djokovic, he heaped praise on the youngster, saying he has "Top 100 stuff."[5]

Singles titles[edit]

Challenger finals[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (1–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 22 May 2010 Fergana Challenger Hard Russia Evgeny Kirillov 3–6, 6–2, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 28 February 2016 Kyoto Challenger Hard (i) Japan Yūichi Sugita 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 13 March 2016 Zhuhai Challenger Hard Italy Thomas Fabbiano 7–5, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 12 February 2017 San Francisco Challenger Hard (i) Canada Vasek Pospisil 7–5, 3–6, 6–2

Futures titles (8)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Futures
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 28 March 2010 Mengzi, F2 Hard Italy Riccardo Ghedin 6–1, 6–4
2. 22 May 2011 Guiyang, F6 Hard Chinese Taipei Lee Hsin-Han 6–1, 6–0
3. 12 June 2011 Shenzhen, F7 Hard South Korea An Jae-Sung 6–4, 6–2
4. 15 April 2012 Chengdu, F5 Hard China Wu Di 7–6(7–3), 6–3
5. 1 July 2012 Breda, F3 Clay Netherlands Thiemo de Bakker 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
6. 23 February 2013 Aktobe, F1 Hard Slovakia Marek Semjan 6–2, 6–7(6–8), 6–1
7. 23 March 2014 Yuxi, F3 Hard South Korea Chung Hyeon 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–3)
8. 20 April 2014 Chengdu, F5 Hard Belarus Dzmitry Zhyrmont 3–6, 6–3, 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melbourne Challenger". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "China F2 Futures". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "ATP Results: Fergana 2010". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wild Card Zhang Surprises No.14 Gasquet in 2nd Round". 
  5. ^ "Is China Tennis' Next Frontier?". 

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